Discovery of barrels filled with waste raises concerns in St. Louis County

Discovery of barrels filled with waste raises concerns in St. Louis County

Discovery of barrels filled with waste raises concerns in St. Louis County

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Posted on December 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Three barrels recently uncovered in west St. Louis County are drumming up bitter memories and raising new concerns about tainted land.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/10rzkKn)reports that the barrels, filled with paint waste, had been buried for decades in a ravine on the outskirts of Wildwood. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hauled them away in early December, along with about 1,500 cubic yards of soil.

The barrels were among at least 1,200 on the land of Grover Callahan, a driver for Russell Bliss, a notorious polluter.

For some residents, the cleanup proves the EPA is going out of its way to alleviate concerns. Others wonder how the barrels were missed in the first place and worry about what remains buried.

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